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Chewable Acerola C 500 mg
Chewable Acerola C 500 mg
Chewable Acerola C 500 mg
Chewable Acerola C 500 mg
Chewable Acerola C 500 mg

Chewable Acerola C 500 mg

Item #005000
Potency

500 mg

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Berry

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60 Chewables

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with immune health?

Then this is a great place to begin.
This content is intended as general information. We encourage you to explore the full Puritan’s Pride’s® Immune Health offerings for product-specific benefits.

Vitamin C for Immune Health

BARRIER FUNCTION

The body’s first line of defense, the physical barrier created by the skin, relies on vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen, an important type of connective tissue.** Collagen creates the structural framework of the skin to promote skin integrity, helping to effectively keep unwanted substances from entering the body.

ANTIOXIDANT HEALTH

Vitamin C’s important role in immune health does not stop at the surface.** During the initial stages of the immune response, white blood cells of the innate immune system start the inflammatory response as one means of dealing with unwelcomed visitors. In a state of inflammation, an abundance of free radicals can be produced.

Free radicals are unstable compounds that can interfere with a normal cell’s ability to function optimally. Free radicals cannot differentiate between your own healthy cells and the target of your immune system so they can end up damaging your own cells. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals.** It also helps to regenerate other antioxidants like vitamin E to their active state to maintain antioxidant support.**

WHITE BLOOD CELL SUPPORT

In addition to supporting skin integrity and antioxidant health, vitamin C is essential for the optimal functioning of white blood cells.** During an immune response, white blood cells go through a process of rapid division and multiplication. Vitamin C supports the production of the important B and T cells of the adaptive immune response.** It also helps special types of cells of the innate immune system called phagocytes do their job, engulfing unwanted compounds.**

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Why Supplement with Vitamin C?

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is between 75-90 mg per day depending on gender, but some experts recommend a daily intake of at least 200 mg/day for healthy individuals.9

Unlike most other animals, humans cannot synthesize their own vitamin C so it must be obtained from dietary sources. As a water soluble vitamin, vitamin C dissolves easily in water but cannot be readily store in the body. This means adequate amounts of vitamin C should be consumed every day.

Vitamin C is found in foods such as citrus fruits, strawberries, cantaloupes, raw vegetables and potatoes. Unfortunately, in today’s busy world, many of us do not consume as many fruits and vegetables as we should. National survey data indicates Americans are not meeting the recommendations for daily fruit and vegetable intake, resulting in a significant prevalence of about 40% of Americans with inadequate dietary intake of vitamin C.8 Furthermore, vitamin C is sensitive to heat so boiling and other cooking methods can deplete the natural vitamin C content of foods.

Daily intake of 200 mg supports respiratory health.** Note that while this amount provides adequate support for most healthy individuals, actively multiplying and dividing white blood cells may have even higher requirements of vitamin C.**

  • References
  • 8. Fulgoni VL, et al. J Nutr. 2011 Oct;141(10):1847-54.
  • 9. Calder PC, et al. Nutrients. 2020;12(4):1181.

What is the Immune System?

Every day, your body is bombarded by foreign substances from the outside world. Credit card pin pads, bathroom faucets, cell phones, literally everything you touch is covered in tiny microorganisms. Not all microorganisms are bad, in fact there are trillions of bacteria found in and on the human body which cause no harm, or in some cases are even beneficial to human health.

However, there are also less favorable microorganisms found in the environment. The main function of your immune system is to protect you from external threats and keep you healthy.

Think of your immune system as your body’s security team, trained to recognize and remove any threats while protecting your body’s peaceful residents.

The first line of defense is to restrict the entry of unwanted foreign materials. The skin creates an excellent physical barrier but unwanted guests may still be inhaled or ingested. The acidity of stomach acid, mucosal membranes, and the presence of antibodies in saliva and tears all further help to prevent the entry of these substances into the body.

Four Main Functions
of the Immune System

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Exclusion Barrier

Physical barriers keep pathogens from entering the body – e.g. skin, mucosa layer of GI tract, antibodies in saliva, pH of stomach

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Recognition

If substances get through the exclusion barrier, they need to be recognized as non-self

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Elimination

Elimination only of unwanted threats, not self or friendly bacteria

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Memory

Immune memories allow for fast recognition and elimination of repeat offenders


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Your First Line of Defense: Innate Immune System

If a non-beneficial microorganism is able to pass through your body’s first line of defense, it must be recognized by your immune system. Recognition is an important feature of your patrolling security team. Without it, your immune system would attack non-threatening foreign substances and even your own cells. Undesirable substances are recognized by white blood cells that send messages akin to sounding an alarm, drawing more white blood cells to the area. There are many different types of white blood cells, also called leukocytes, that all work together to orchestrate the appropriate immune response. The elements of the immune system discussed thus far are all considered part of the innate response.

Characterized as being fast and non-specific, the innate immune system responds within minutes or hours.1 Once the innate immune system has identified a threat, it seeks to eliminate it. The various white blood cells of the innate immune system each fight these threats in their own unique ways. Some will trigger an inflammatory response while others will deal with it directly by engulfing it or releasing toxic chemicals. Since the innate immune response is non-specific, the response is generally the same regardless of whether the same pathogen is encountered numerous times.


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Your Second Line of Defense: Adaptive Immune Response

If a non-beneficial microorganism is able to pass through your body’s first line of defense, it must be recognized by your immune system. Recognition is an important feature of your patrolling security team. Without it, your immune system would attack non-threatening foreign substances and even your own cells. Undesirable substances are recognized by white blood cells that send messages akin to sounding an alarm, drawing more white blood cells to the area. There are many different types of white blood cells, also called leukocytes, that all work together to orchestrate the appropriate immune response. The elements of the immune system discussed thus far are all considered part of the innate response.

Characterized as being fast and non-specific, the innate immune system responds within minutes or hours.1 Once the innate immune system has identified a threat, it seeks to eliminate it. The various white blood cells of the innate immune system each fight these threats in their own unique ways. Some will trigger an inflammatory response while others will deal with it directly by engulfing it or releasing toxic chemicals. Since the innate immune response is non-specific, the response is generally the same regardless of whether the same pathogen is encountered numerous times.

Factors that
Affect Immune Health

Your immune system is always patrolling your body to keep you at your best, but you need to keep your immune system healthy too. Every day you need to provide your immune system with the energy and nutrients it needs to function optimally.

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AGE: The immune response starts to weaken around age 60 and continues to weaken with age.2

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SLEEP: Important immune proteins called cytokines are released while we sleep. Sleep deprivation leads to decreased immune function as well as increased recovery times.3

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STRESS: Both physical and emotional stress can negatively impact the immune system. The stress hormone cortisol has been shown to decrease white blood cell numbers.7

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SMOKING: Smoking causes dysfunction of white blood cells involved in both innate and adaptive immunity.5 It is estimated that 1.1 billion people in the world are smokers.6

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Regular moderate-intensity exercise achieved on a near-daily basis is associated with better immune health with age. More than 80% of U.S. adults are not meeting guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.4

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NUTRITION: The immune system needs proper nutrients to function optimally. There are a number of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are widely recognized for their role in supporting immune health.**

Immune
Myths & FAQs
Myth: All immune support supplements work the same way.

Because the immune system is such a complex system, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to supporting immune health. The various different types of white blood cells, immune proteins, and tissues and organs all have different nutrient requirements. Taking a single nutrient for immune health may assist in supporting one of these aspects of immune health, but if you are lacking other nutrients in your diet, then you may be falling short in getting total immune support.**

Myth: The immune system is stronger in the summer.

The immune system works year-round to keep you healthy no matter what the season. Depending on location and lifestyle factors, vitamin D status may be higher in the summer to better support certain aspects of immune health.** Winter weather conditions such as dry air may also affect immune health. It is still important to support your immune health every day throughout the year for optimal functioning.

FAQ: How can you boost your immune system?

The immune system should not be “boosted” beyond normal, optimal functioning. In fact, many autoimmune diseases are characterized by an overactive immune system that starts attacking its own cells. There are however lifestyle changes that you can make to help support normal functioning of the immune system. These include getting adequate sleep, engaging in regular physical activity, managing stress, eating a balanced diet and getting adequate amounts of immune supporting nutrients.

FAQ: Where is the immune system?

The immune system is a complex network of organs, cells, tissues and proteins found throughout the body. It includes the thymus, spleen, bone marrow, skin, tonsils and Peyer’s patches in the intestines. The lymph system allows white blood cells of the immune system to patrol the entire body looking for foreign invaders.

References:

  • 1. Gombart AF, Pierre A, Maggini S. Nutrients. 2020;12(1):236.
  • 2. Pawelec G, Larbi A, Derhovanessian E. J Comp Pathol. 2010;142 Suppl 1:S39-S44.
  • 3. Krueger JM, Majde JA, Rector DM. Cytokines in Immune Function and Sleep Regulation.; 2011. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-52006-7.00015-0
  • 4. President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Website. Updated January 26, 2017. Accessed July 2, 2020. https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/index.html
  • 5. Qiu F, Liang CL, Liu H, et al. Oncotarget. 2017;8(1):268-284.
  • 6. Tobacco. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/tobacco. Accessed March 24, 2020.
  • 7. McGregor BA, Murphy KM, Albano DL, Ceballos RM. Stress. 2016;19(2):185-191.

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Customer Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is the best value It is the best vitamin to keep you healthy daily, I recommend it, it is my favorite
Date published: 2020-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vitamin C’s Vitamin C’s I like the taste and they’re great the only thing is that there’s a lot of them broken up in the bottleYes I would recommend them to another person but you got to figure a way not to have more broken up thank you so much
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I'm gonna buy this again, right after this bottle is finished.
Date published: 2020-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like this product I like the chewable. A great way for me to get vitamins C in my grandkids and I enjoy the taste too.
Date published: 2020-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sweetner I was so happy to order your vitamin C, until I saw what you used for a sweetner. This is the first time I have one that uses sucrose & sorbitol. Thiese are not healthy sweetners. I am shocked you use them, & I will not buy them from you again!
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tastes good This product taste good dissolves well. Nice but too much sugars.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value! I brought these chewable vitamin C. They had them at a reasonable price. I got 2 bottles for less than or the same price as other companies offered for 1.
Date published: 2020-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste I have been buying this product for many years and very pleased with it. It tastes great and the price is good.
Date published: 2020-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Very sour. Good taste. Kids like them. I would prefer with a little less sweetener. But overall good product.
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I have been taking these since I was three now im almost 35 thats a loooooooooooong time LOVE IT ACEROLA C
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Based on taste only I thought the taste was overwhelmingly sweet. Too sweet more me! Easy to chew!
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these....but where did they go!? These are my families favorite vitamin C vitamins...but they have been out of stock for so long! We really miss them!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious and effective This product has been "out of stock ... back soon" and, it has been OVER six months. That's TOO LONG for a product in high demand to be out of stock!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE RESTOCK IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from where are they? i have bought this item for years and loved it, it works for me great, but for the past few months they have been out of stock, please bring this item back and make alot next batch!!! thanks
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not happy Your products have always been top notch. These chewable vit. c's have been broken, more than not. Lately, the last order had more broken tablets than good tablets. I hate that! Sandy
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste! I use Chewable Vitamin C every day and I like the taste. Puritan Pride provides an excellent assortment of many items I use.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favorite vitamin Vitamin C is probably the most important vitamin supplement ....and this is my family's favorite way to take it. The taste is great, and i'm happy with the value.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only place to find! I had buy one get one free! The only vitamin C that is so delicious! My daughter and grandson 2/12 years came to visit and loved munching down these healthy wafers! Went home with my extra bottle! To Ohio.. Stay free from those colds sand nasty viruses!
Date published: 2016-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy the acerola berry flavored chewable vitamin c wafers are great. a nice change from the ubiquitous fake orange flavored tabs.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Healthier choice that just candy! I have purchased this product for years now Looking to substitute candy for vitamins Taste just like real fruit. Thank you!
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fine product ! I am very pleased with this product. Thank you for making it available to me. I would purchase this time & time again. Beans.....
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vitamin, pleasant taste Like these vitamins very much. It dissolves well if one doesn't want to chew and has a pleasant taste which makes it a breeze to take
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chewable Acerola C 500 mg i like this because it chewable and I love the flavor and it gives me what I need.
Date published: 2016-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them, great tasting & convenient. take them with me & chew them on the way to work. I love them been taking them for about 15 yrs. I got my husband taking them now, he doesn't miss a morning. Like the taste like real orange. The only vitamin C I take..
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! We have been using it for years! Great chewable wafer!
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Vitamins We love these vitamins. My kids enjoy these a lot. Will definitely Be ordering more soon.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vitiamin C I've been looking for this for the last 20 years, since I used to be in Amway....
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My grandmother started me on Acerola C as a child, 45 years ago. The last My Grandmother started me on Acerola-C as a child, over 40 years ago. I always loved the way they tasted, until my latest order which I received from you. The taste has changed, and not for the better!!
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product This is the best way to give to my children vitamin C. It has a delicious flavor that my kids love. Excuse my english. I'm from Puerto Rico!!!
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from natural,tasty, effective. Always our first choice! Family & friends use this as it is tasty,effective, economical & from a natural source. We have been using it for several years.
Date published: 2014-10-03
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